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- For 2 players
- Play time of 30 minutes
- Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, a blend of tactics, risk and luck
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This is a Jaipur Card Game. - 55 Cards - 60 Chips
From the Manufacturer
My kingdom for a camel. Work hard, earn more than your opponent and become the official merchant of the Maharaja. At the beginning of the game, three camel cards and two merchandise cards are on the table between the players, who already have five cards in hand. On your turn, you can take some cards or sell some. Each time that you take cards, you can take one or more, however if you decide to take more, then you will have to trade in the same amount of cards from your hand that you take. If you decide to take all camel cards, then they can be used later to trade. You can sell all the merchandise that you want, as long as they are all the same type. For each sale, you will receive tokens with various point values. At the end of the game, the player who has the majority of the camels also wins points.
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Jaipur is a pretty intense game of trading and selling of goods as you and your opponent collect goods from the market (table). What makes this trading game particularly interesting are the camels which serve as proxy cards with no trade value, except at the end, yet help or disrupt the collection of cards coming into the market.
The design of this game fascinates me. Setup is easy with a few stacks of tokens and a single deck of cards making one shared table space. Its rules are clear, short, and easy to pick up. However, despite its concise rules and setup, it has a surprising amount of depth with tense chance and strategy coming at you with each turn:
- Trade item now? Or wait for the market to bring more of the same good and trade in for a bonus? Be mindful of the precious points lost when not making the first trade for that good! No more than 7 cards in that hand!
- What about those camel cards in the market? Do you collect them all (no more, no less) to help collect more cards in the future (camels don't count against the hand count)? Or do you wait and have your opponent collect them and open up the market for fresh (potentially nice) cards.
- What?! The game is finished already?! (Opponent cleared third stock of goods or deck is depleted [game over!])
Game time ranges from ~20-30 minutes to play best of 3 which the game is set up to play for. It's fast and can be over before you know it.
It'll take a couple of rounds to get a solid feel for the game.
A bit pricey for the amount of stuff in the box (cards, tokens, and instructions in english, french, and german). But all the contents is of very good quality with nice durable cards and thick, stiff, cardboard token pieces. The box is of nice quality cardboard and stores the cards and tokens on a good quality plastic tray. Most importantly, its gameplay is unique, innovative, brutal, and concise. Overall, I'm satisfied with the purchase and feel this game has some mileage ahead.
Easy to travel with, recommend a small, stable table space of sorts for laying down cards.
What makes this game special is the CAMELS! On your turn you may either collect cards or sell cards. You have 5 face up cards to choose from and besides market items, there are camels. You can never pick up both camels and market cards. You may pick up all the camels OR one market card and replace from the draw pile or pick up more than one market card in which case you have to replace however many you take from your hand and/or your herd of camels! Whoever has the most camels at the end of a round gets a 5 pt bonus token also so there're some tough choices to make regarding whether to pick up camels or market cards. Scores are often tight, so each choice is important and can make the difference between winning and losing. Besides playing beautifully, this game is visually and tactilely beautiful also. The market chips are solid, fun to handle and as beautiful as the cards. It all comes in a small box with an incredibly designed insert for storage. Every time I take the lid off the box, I get that same feeling I got the first time--the subtle excitement of anticipation of playing a beautiful game. This is most definitely my favorite 2 player only game.
As far as strategy goes, I'm not sure how much there is. At first my son always lost because he used very inflexible strategies, like always going for gems or hoarding too much and just taking camels. After a few weeks of play he wins about as often as I do. I take this to mean that as long as you play using any sort of decent strategy it's pretty much 50/50. Not that this is a problem, the illusion of strategic benefit is strong. And the game is just plain fun to play. Getting a big sale is very rewarding and ending the game right before your opponent can get their big sale is rather satisfying.
I recommend this game as a family game from about 5/6 up, depending on how much of a gamer your kid is. Mine is game obsessed, so he is probably on the young end for playing the game. The rules are pretty simple and the strategy not all that complex. Plus with luck you can occasionally win even with poor strategy. Although like I kept telling my son, you will never win if you only take camels!